Michael Middleton

Michael Middleton

*The University of Missouri’s governing board has appointed a recently retired black senior administrator to be the university system’s interim president.

The Board of Curators named 68-year-old Michael Middleton on Thursday to lead the four-campus university system until a permanent replacement is found.

Middleton takes over from Tim Wolfe, who resigned Monday amid student and faculty protests over his administration’s handling of racial complaints. The Columbia campus’ chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, also announced Monday he would be leaving his position at year’s end for a new role at the school.

Middleton retired as deputy chancellor of the Columbia campus in August and became a deputy chancellor emeritus. He has been working part-time to assist Loftin design a plan to increase inclusion and diversity on campus.